Where to find Bus Information
We’re happy to share that bus information is available online this year through your parent portal in PowerSchool. Once you’re logged in, you’ll find an icon for transportation information on the left side of the parent portal home page. This information is updated every Monday.
Tammy Tapley, Director of Transportation
Students living in the district who are eligible for transportation are assigned to a bus, and bus stop location, based on their home address at the start of each school year. By default, at the end of the school day, all students will be placed on the bus assigned to their home address. If your student drives, or, does not require bus service, please complete an online transportation form as soon as possible to eliminate the possibility of your student going home on the bus unexpectedly. Students who are driven to and from school are routed as “parent transport” in our system; that status will remain in place from year to year, or, until a change is requested.
If you are requesting to have your child’s bus stop assignment changed to an address other than your residence, such as a babysitter, a parent who legally shares custody or a daycare van, you must complete an online alternate transportation form. For the safety of our students, documentation through the Transportation Office is required for any changes related to student transportation.
You can access our online submission form using the links provided, or through the Transportation page on our school website. Students are not permitted to have more than one alternate address.
For the safety of our students, we strongly encourage a consistent schedule. The option “schedule varies” on the form is not recommended for younger students. Choosing this option will grant your child permission to use two bus stops; the student is responsible for keeping their schedule.
Once the change has been approved and processed, new bus information will be sent to the building office, and, emailed to the address provided to us on the form.. Changes are processed as quickly as possible; however, it can take up to 3 school days. Alternates on file during a school year will expire at the end of that year.
*New forms are required at the start of every school year, even if the arrangements do not change.
The bus rules included HERE are posted in the front of each bus. Many of these rules are also laws in Ohio; they exist and are enforced for the safety of our students.
Students must observe classroom conduct. All school rules apply on the bus. Obey the driver promptly and respectfully. (Ohio Law 3301.83.08)
Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Students who do not follow the bus safety rules could lose riding privileges. Please stress to your child the importance of following their bus driver’s directions.
Bus drivers will assign each student a seat on the bus. Seats are normally assigned after the first two weeks of a new school year. Seat assignments are made at the driver’s discretion, and, with the purpose of providing safe transportation for all students. Seat change requests impact more than one student’s seat assignment, therefore, in some cases, seat requests may not be honored.
Designated Place of Safety (DPS)
Our bus drivers strictly enforce Ohio Administrative Code 3301-83-13, which states:
(iv) students are to gather at a “designated place of safety” where they must remain until the bus leaves the stop. Only after counting students may the driver begin to leave the bus stop. After the bus leaves the stop location, the students may continue to their residence.
A large percentage of our bus stops are group/corner stops. Every effort is made to assign students to the bus stop nearest their residence. We strongly encourage parents to be present at bus stops, however, it is not required.
*Exception: An adult must be visible to the bus driver during midday routes when AM kindergarten and AM preschool students are being dropped off.
AM Bus Stop
Students must be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus’s estimated arrival time. Drivers are required to count students as they approach the bus stop, therefore, students MUST be at their DPS where they can be seen and counted. For safety reasons, students are not permitted to go to another bus stop if they miss the bus at their assigned stop.
PM Bus Stop
Upon exiting the bus, students must go directly to their DPS. Once the students are counted, the bus will leave the stop; students may leave their DPS once the bus leaves the stop. If you are waiting for your child at the bus stop, please do not call them to where you are standing. The DPS exists for their safety and we need to be consistent with directions in order for it to work properly. Please make sure your child knows how to get to your residence from the bus stop in the event they have to walk alone. You should expect your child to arrive any time after their building’s dismissal time.
Once the enrollment process is completed, the enrollment coordinator will forward each student’s information to the Transportation Office for routing. The student’s bus information will be sent to the building office, sent home with your child and mailed to your home address. New students are processed as quickly as possible; however, it can take up to 3 days. The process could be longer within the first 2 weeks of a school year.
New Home Address
If you move to a new home address, you will need to notify the Central Administrative Office immediately. You will need to complete the Change of Address Form (click on link to access) and provide new proof of residency such as a purchase agreement, the settlement statement from your closing documents, or a lease agreement. A utility bill in your name will be required within 30 days to complete the proof of residency. This should be submitted to our Central Administrative Center. If you have additional questions, please call 419-877-5377.
Picking Up / Dropping Off Your Child at School
Grades K-4 should not enter their school building until 8:30am, dismissal is 3:30pm
Grades 5-12 should not enter their school building until 7:30am, dismissal is 2:35pm
Picking Up or Dropping Off an Elementary Student
If you plan to provide transportation every day:
If you plan to drop off, or, pick up your child from school every day, please complete an online Parent Transport Form. Your child will be removed from the bus list, and it will not be necessary to send a note to the school on a daily basis.
If you plan to provide transportation occasionally:
If your child is assigned to a bus, but you plan to pick them up from school, please send a note to school with your child. At the time of dismissal, if we have not received a note, or phone call, your child will be put on his/her assigned bus to go to their regularly assigned bus stop.
Transportation Office: Contact Information
Tammy Tapley - Director
Theresa Frost - Routing & Trips
Rose Wilson - Parent & Driver Services
Office Hours: 5am - 5pm, school days
6320 Industrial Pkwy.
Whitehouse, OH 43571